Without as much as a warning the world has come to what seems to be a complete stand still. One minute we are making travel plans for the future and the next we find ourselves stuck at home making dance videos on Tik Tok, lip synching to lyrics like “bored in the house, in the house bored”.
The Coronavirus pandemic has touched us all and no industry seems to have been harder hit than the travel industry. Planes have been grounded and the sky is eerily quiet without the constant sound of jet engines flying over. Cruise ships are sailing around empty, without a next port of call and hotels and resorts have sent their employees home in an attempt to save their empires.
Unemployment rates sky rocket, the have-nots go from having very little to having nothing and those in the tourism industry find themselves in unchartered waters. After all, tourism and travel go hand in hand. Without travel, there isn’t much tourism. This is something the Caribbean islands are all too familiar with and this pandemic has gotten tourist boards all over the Caribbean scratching their heads, asking the same question: Now what?
It is time to be better humans. If you agree wth this statement, please read on.
With the holidays just around the corner and everyone’s mind focusing on family and the art of gift giving, everyone is publishing gift guides, yours truly included. But this year, I’ve decided to focus on a more responsible way of traveling.
We’ve all seen pictures of the poor turtles, trapped in nets with straws stuck into their noses, plastic bags wrapped around their throats and flippers. We were all shocked to learn that reefs and corals are dying off bit by bit. We watched in horror how small islands are formed out of plastic and debris, drifting in the middle of oceans. Endangered sharks are being dragged out of oceans to be slaughtered just for their fins. All these disasters have one thing in common and that is us humans.
It seems like these days our mere existence on this planet is harmful to the environment , our climate, the animals we share this world with. We are the world’s most dangerous predators, leaving destruction, filth and blood in our wake everywhere we go. But there is hope. A new kind of traveler arises. Enter scene: the responsible traveler.